With the 3.1 PTR's due sooner than "soon", I've been watching the MMO-Champion Blue Tracker relatively closely. Monday morning, I saw something interesting posted by Ghostcrawler, WoW's Lead System Designer, suggesting that there are actually other games out there that are worth playing.
I wrote a quick post about it entitled "Official Confirmation of the New WoW Business Model". I felt it was remarkable in the literal sense of the word, worth remarking upon. I didn't feel it was major breaking news, and I didn't even leave it on the top of my feed for more than four hours.
Then Tobold picked up the story, under the headline "Why Aren't Other MMORPG's Doing Better?".
Then Massively picked up the story, under the headline "WoW Lead Systems Designer tells people to play other games".
Now poor Ghostcrawler is probably tied to a chair in the Blizzard PR office, where they're explaining to him that he can't post things like that because some idiot blogger whose blog is about making developers miserable is going to notice and then there's going to be an embarrassing headline on Massively with his name on it.
(Note to the inquisitor currently beating Ghostcrawler with a rolled up stack of printouts of his posts - "Player vs Developer" is a phrase I use to mean "getting loot by beating the meta game", as opposed to other players (PVP) or scripted raid encounters (PVE). I'm not actually trying to ruin anyone's day here, really....)
If the next build of the 3.1 PTR's nerfs Frost mages "TO THE GROUND, BABY", I guess it will be all my fault.
(P.S. I'd love to know what all the high profile links are doing to my traffic, but apparently Google turned off Feedburner's stat-tracking feature when they migrated the feeds earlier this month. Thank you, Google!)